Since this has been in the news a lot today about the new temple models from Kh. Qeiyafa (that and the new Likudima government), I thought a few of my initial feelings about this, based on what I have seen in the press releases (text and photos; but without any additional inside knowledge), can be summarized as the following:
1) These are very, very, very, nice finds.
2) If the site is Israelite (and we know there is a controversy about this – I personally do think it is an Israelite site), among the first models shrines from this period that is known. There are many such models from other sites, whether earlier, contemporary (such as those from the Yavneh favissa), and later.
3) The models have some elements that are similar to others known before and after this time (from the MB onwards until the end of the Iron Age), and a few that seem unique or the earliest (such as the triglyphs).
4) Don’t see what is so revolutionary about the finds.
5) Clearly there are iconic representations as opposed to what was previously stated
6) How is there a connection to the “ark of the lord”?
7) Why does this prove ANYTHING about the accuracy of the bible, the existence of the United Monarchy, etc.?
8) I think what is clearly missing in these interpretations is a close interface with mainstream biblical and ANE textual scholars
I think there is much yet to discuss and debate about these finds, but perhaps we will have to wait till they are published, and based on Yossi’s excellent track record, this should be very soon.